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International Union for the Conservation of Nature:
World Conservation Congress

Honolulu, Hawaii  –  September 1 – 10, 2016

Hawaii provides an important stage to discuss the potential role of new genomic tools could play in conservation. With more than 25,000 unique species, the islands are one of the most biologically diverse regions on earth. Unfortunately, this biodiversity is in crises; Hawaii has the highest extinction rate per square mile on the planet. A great many endemic species are threatened or endangered due to invasive diseases, plants, and animals.

Attendance: More than 10,000 passionate conservationists from around the globe – including representatives of 170 governments, leading scientists, NGOs, indigenous peoples, and businesses – convened at the world’s largest environmental and nature conservation event.

Revive & Restore at IUCN

To examine the potential role that new genomic tools could perform in wildlife conservation, Revive & Restore — with the support of National Geographic and the National Park Service — facilitated two important discussions at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress.

Species Conservation Pavilion

September 3, 2016: 3 pm to 4 pm

Stamping Out Alien Mosquitoes in Hawaii: Can new technology stop avian malaria from driving Hawaii’s native birds to extinction?

Convention Center Room 313C

September 4, 2016: 11 am – 1 pm

Genetic Rescue: Can new genomic tools solve conservation problems such as exotic wildlife diseases and destructive invasive species?



Ryan Phelan and Stewart Brand – Co-founders, Revive & Restore

Event Speakers

Sam ʻOhukaniʻōhiʻa Gon III – The Nature Conservancy, Hawaii

Chipper Wichman – National Tropical Botanical Garden

Andy Newhouse – American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project

Rob Hauff – Department of Land and Resources, Hawaii

Chris Farmer – American Bird Conservancy

Dennis LaPointe – United States Geological Society

Anthony James – University of California, Irvine’s School of Medicine

Jack Bobo – Intrexon

Joshua Fisher – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Bryce Masuda – San Diego Zoo Global

Gintas Zavadzkas – Miccosukee Tribe, Florida

Karl Campbell – Island Conservation

Kevin Esvelt – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Media Lab

Makaala Kaaumoana –Hanalei Watershed

Kent Redford – Archipelago Consulting­


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